Tantra City Retreat Amsterdam

August 1 - 5, 2018

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A Journey into Feeling 

How much do you love?
How alive do you feel in your body?

How much freedom do you experience?

Tantra, expansion through liberation, is a practice that helps you to live your life fully. To be present, fearless, awake, vibrant and alive. Reconnecting to who we truly are. It's a path of opening up, being in the present and loving ourselves and others unconditionally. Shaping our own reality, filled with bliss.

In tantra we work with our life force energy, also referred to as sexual energy. When it flows freely we feel energetic, alive and connected to the world around us. When we block this energy behind layers of shame, fear and guilt we feel closed, contracted and separated.

In this Odessa Tantra retreat, we create a safe space for you to unlock your energy and step into your full potential. Despite working with sexual energy and concepts, there is no nudity, genital touch or sexual activity during this retreat. In the Odessa Tantra Retreat we focus on our ability to experience bliss, joy, heart-opening, presence, freedom, conscious connections and intimacy.

No specific tantric experience is required, as long as you are open to explore, willing to be vulnerable and to be careful with the vulnerability of the others. The teachers will hand you exercises (structures) that you can use for your benefit, as a learning experience, to challenge yourself, and also to experience pure joy and bliss.

What to expect?

Throughout the retreat you will have an opportunity to experience the following meditations:
- Boundaries & desires
- Kundalini meditation
- Yoga
- Kali meditation
- Chakra breathing
- Conscious connection meditations
- The art of giving & receiving touch
- Forgiveness meditation
- The joy of jealousy
- Healers & coaching
- Ecstatic dance
- Orgasmic streaming

The daily programme consists of a gentle morning meditation, yummie vegan lunch, breakfast and dinner, a morning and afternoon workshop and evening celebration. The flow of each day will be driven by a special daily theme, that you are invited to explore in your own personal way.

What makes this retreat so special?
- every day has a unique theme with special experienced teachers & meditations
- fixed host, support and guidance throughout the retreat
- yummie vegan breakfast, lunch & dinner (Included!)
- live music
- Unique location as an oasis in the center of Amsterdam
- Spa deck with sauna and hottub on board, swimming and canoeing in the IJ-river

Is the Odessa Tantra Retreat for you? Are you curious? Ready to be ecstatic, joyful and blissful? This retreat is for anybody; experienced Tantrika, newbies, all genders, sexual preferences, singles, couples and anything in between.

We will build up the retreat in such a way that you are able to interact with the group in a fluent and natural way. It is not needed to know others or to come with a partner or friend, but couples are more than welcome to join, and specific wishes to work together in certain exercises will be facilitated.

This retreat is presented by the urban paradise Odessa. Odessa is a conscious vegan art ship where city and nature are intertwined, a platform for conscious events and communities. The location, surrounded by water will give an extra juicy vibe to the retreat.

Vegan Food
A vegan chef will prepare daily breakfast, lunch and dinner for all participants. This food is not only healthy and delicious, it also prepared with love and care and with ingredients that will support you in your journey.

About the teachers: expect a blend of young, experienced, open, adventurous, loving and diverse group of teachers to guide you through your experience.

A core team will be available throughout the entire retreat
Karlijn Kabira Kouwenhoven will lead you through the Odessa Tantra retreat. Supporting you with morning practises, insights, powerful meditations, humour, ongoing support and moments of deep reflection.

Joris van der Geest: as co-organiser, his vision is to create what he would like to experience himself, and therefore he will participate, to support you and himself in experiencing the beauty.

Early Tantrika's: €295,- (until April 30th)
Medium Tantrika's: €345,- (until June 15th)
Regular Tantrika's: €395,-

Register here: bit.do/Tantra2018
For questions: info@retreats.amsterdam


Karlijn Kabira

Karlijn is the main facilitator on this retreat. She will give a daily workshop linked to the theme of that day. She will be available throughout the 5 days of the retreat. Karlijn Kabira is an open, expressive free spirit with a passion for self-transformation and exploration. She holds a MSc in Psychology, is a certified Tantra and Hatha Yoga Teacher and has a background in leadership development and change management. She is passionate about supporting others in transforming their life into something true to themselves and blissful. How can I create more freedom, love and awakening in my life?

She currently shares her gifts as a lead facilitator at Magic of Love global, facilitating Tantra and Personal Transformation workshops around the globe (mostly Australia, India, Israel and Berlin). In the Netherlands she has facilitated at Eigentijdse Jongeren festival, PLAYcreation, EJ @ Odessa, Tantra Festival Amsterdam and Tantra Festival Holland. Others describe her and her work as sensitive, down-to-earth, intuitive, joyful, liberating and opening.


Joris van der Geest

As co-organiser, his vision is to create what he would like to experience himself, and therefore he will participate, to support you and himself in experiencing the beaty. During the retreat, he will be there for sharing, support, comfort and healing hugs & massages. 

Joris organizes workshops for Eigentijdse Jongeren on saturdays on Odessa, often centered around tantra and massage. Together with various facilitators, he practices tantra on a regular basis with the Tantric Journey and the Rijkdom in Contact groups.

To be announced.




  • Early Explorers: 225,-

  • Medium Explorers: 260,-

  • Regular Explorers: 295,-

This is including all sessions and workshops, daily use of the sauna, lounge and hot tub on Odessa.

If you want to participate, please send an e-mail to joris[at]odessa.amsterdam and we'll contact you for a short intake.

If you don't have much money or feel like contributing in other ways, join as a helper!

You will commit to helping out an amount of hours per day by setting up, closing down and other small chores. 

Please send an e-mail to joris[at]odessa.amsterdam and tell us (in a few sentences) who you are and what you're good at.

Please note that we expect of helpers that they are engaged and willing to put in a few hours every day. But that's part of the fun!

Daily vegan meals
You can bring your own (vegetarian) food, or join us for 95,- to get three daily delicious vegan meals from our chef Tijana.

Tick the option in the ticket link if you want this.

Accomodation: sleep on the ship
There will be some space for a sleepover party in the belly of the ship. A spot on the ship costs 95,-.

If you want to apply for this, please tick the link in the ticket shop. We have yoga mats to sleep on. Please bring your own sleeping bag (and a mat)

Other suggestions for a place to stay in Amsterdam:
- Check out Airbnb.

Odessa's address:
Veemkade 259
1019 CZAmsterdam

You can reach Odessa pretty easily from any corner of the city.
Take Tram 26 from Amsterdam Central Station, and get out at Rietlandpark.

- Want luxury? Lloyd Hotel is around the corner. Prices go from about 70,- p.p.p.n.

- Ask the community for couches or beds! More info coming soon..

Please note

The participation in the festival happens at your own risk. The organizers and the teachers are not liable for any injuries or damages. 

Registration and payment
 Please send an e-mail to joris[at]odessa.amsterdam and we will contact you for a short intake.